Robotics Designer / RoboScreen Inventor / Computer Animator
Training: BA degree in Film Animation from Columbia College Chicago , IRC Operation at ABB's Robotic training school, KR CR Controller software at KUKA College
andyRobot aka Andrew Flessas started his career as a computer animator. He invented the RoboScreen and Robot Animator, the innovative software that makes it possible to “animate” a physical robot and generate a program that instructs the real robot to move in exactly the same way. As an expert computer animator, andyRobot envisioned the ability to leverage the creative tools of 3D animation to create life like motion for industrial robots.
andyRobot has been described as a robot whisperer who knows how to apply custom robotic animation to large scale entertainment events and applications.Working for over a decade, his RoboScreens have traveled the world, helping international musicians enhance the entertainment factor in their shows. He has provided his RoboScreens and custom robot choreography to the likes of Bon Jovi, DeadMau5 and the Japanese pop band Kis-My-Ft2. Robot Animator was used by Royal Caribbean International to create the first robotic entertainment on a deep ocean vessel for its smart ship Quantum of the Seas.
He was awarded his first of 8 US and international patents in 2009. andyRobot is the owner and inventor of a patent portfolio for Robotic Entertainment Elements, primarily robot controlled RoboScreens, staircases, video projectors, and other entertainment elements.
andyRobot with ABB Robotics and TAIT TOWERS, develop the first massive scale, RoboScreen powered global rock tour for Bon Jovi's Circle Tour.
Launched in Seattle WA on Feb. 19, 2010, 5 ABB IRB 7600 robots take the stage with Bon Jovi for band’s historic Circle Tour. The robots will accompany the nearly two-year long tour, which currently features approximately 60 concerts in North America and Europe.
ABB Robotics signed Andy Flessas (aka Andy Robot) and his company, Robotic Arts, to provide lead creative direction for the development of innovative robotic systems for the entertainment and commercial retail industries. Article on ABB.com
RoboScreen stage designed for Bon Jovi with ABB and TAIT TOWERS and was featured on the software box of Autodesk® Autocad® 2012.
In 2013 andyRobot and Bill Buxton, two pioneers in the field of computing and technology, spoke to CLOSER about their work, innovation and why they keep returning to Macau.
In 2013, RoboScreen technology was used at Ultra Music Festival in Miami with more than 300,000 people in attendance and EDM pop megastar Deadmau5 unveiled his Robot Animator powered Mau5bots and RoboScreens at the Hakkasan nightclub in the MGM Grand hotel where he held a 6 month residency in Las Vegas.
Massive, screaming crowds went to see Japanese pop stars Kis-My-Ft2 at their RoboScreen powered mega concerts at the Tokyo Dome in 2013. Their lavish stage show included band members being held on giant screens while the robot arms spun and twirled before setting them down.
October 13, 2014 saw the launch of the first large format entertainment robotics system on a deep ocean vessel with the maiden voyage of "Quantum of the Seas" for Royal Caribbean International. The one of a kind Two70 Room design transforms from a living room space to an entertainment space with a retractable gantry lowering 6 RoboScreens for use in the live entertainment performances.
By 2014, WIRED magazine had dubbed andyRobot as "The Robot Whisperer" and published an in depth article about his projects for WIRED UK.
In 2015 NASA JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) licensed Robot Animator software for use on its Asteroid Redirect Mission. This mission used robot arms to hold a large boulder next to an asteroid to deflect it's orbit to prevent a collision with Earth. A NASA scientist explains how andyRobot's technology is used to support the mission.
andyRobot developed the Two70 Room RoboScreen installation on the "Anthem of the Seas" for Royal Caribbean International's second Quantum class SmartShip which launched on April 20, 2015.
He worked with artist and musician Nigel Stanford on the creation of Automatica – a project that enlists several industrial robots to form a giant mechanical orchestra, with amazing and destructive results. He also delivered a lecture on Advanced Robotic Systems at the Macau Polytechnic Institute on Nov 18, 2015.
When andyRobot created a robotic piano system for Lady Gaga for her Grammy performance in 2016 he collaborated with his colleagues from NASA to solve an engineering challenge to get the robot pianos to not tear the piano to shreds.
In March of 2016, NIKE commissioned andyRobot to create advanced robotics entertainment systems in NYC for the NIKE Innovation Summit where over 350 global sports and fashion reporters came to New York for a top secret reveal of new innovations.
Ovation of the Seas, the third of six planned Quantum class SmartShips went in service on April 8, 2016 with the RoboScreen powered Two70 entertainment room debuting to rave reviews.
In October of 2017 andyRobot published a video demonstrating his Robotic Projection System based on a KUKA KR10 robot arm with video projector and motion programming created with Robot Animator.
In 2017 VERIZON featured andyRobot robotic systems in its television commercial regarding remote robotic surgery using their new 5G networks. Putting Better Outcomes at Doctors' Fingertips
For Full Sail University's 2017 Hall of Fame event an army of 6 ABB IRB120 robots with 32" Samsung monitors attached were assembled for a RoboScreen performance. These were created by andyRobot, and programmed with Robot Animator by long time collaborator and robot programmer, VFX expert Jon Tojek.
In May of 2017 the company PTC had their annual convention called Liveworx which needed a thrilling opening to the convention and speaker series. For this performance Ovation Events organized the collaboration of andyRobot with Laserman to perform a one off spectacle. We mounted mirrors and lasers onto the front of 8 ABB IRB120 robots, synchronized them to timecode, and let them rip.
andyRobot collaborated with Zhang Yimou for 2047Apologue (Season 1 of 3), the concept performance combining technology and Chinese folk art to explore our futures with technology, debuted at the Beijing National Centre for the Performing Arts.
RobotNation is where the future grows. In 2017 andyRobot established a high end robotic studio in the rural hills of Tennessee. Dubbed RobotNation, this futuristic outpost combines advanced robotic experimentation and development with family living and raising chickens in a pristine rural country valley.
6 large form ABB based Roboscreens were bought by Royal Caribbean and moved to Brooklyn on a huge portable gantry to perform the crowd favorite called Battle at their event #SeaBeyond in 2017. Invented from the dreams of andyRobot, and executed by the engineers at ABB for installation on the future Quantum class of RC ships.
How big? Big! Our next gen robotic creature with a RoboScreen face on the @dailyplanetshow at the SXSW festival in Austin Texas.
Interview with our Director the legendary Zhang Yimou regarding the new conceptual theater show “Apologue 2047: Season 2”. andyRobot collaborated with ABB Robotics and Zhang Yimou to create a robotic band for the performance.
andyRobot provided robots and consulting in April of 2018 for SABIC's Inauguration Ceremony for the Final
Design of its New Headquarters in Houston. During the ceremony, HRH Crown Prince inaugurated the Laser Show by using Robots.
"Nothing but Net" is what you say when the andyRobot basketbot shoots hoops. Using Robot Animator to program the shots, this KUKA robot performed for days at the Adidas 747Warehouse event in Los Angeles CA during the 2018 NBA all-star game.
andyRobot's robot band rocked China for Weltmeister vehicle launch event in Wenzhou in September of 2018.
The Digital Illusionists perform Magic with RoboScreens in Washington DC and London. Keelan Leyser and Matt Daniel-Baker, collaborate with andyRobot to create their tech magic show and illusions. See a behind the scenes time lapse of the setup, testing and performance here.
U.S. Patent No. 10,257,479 issued on April 9, 2019, and entitled “Robotically Controlled Entertainment Elements”;
Spectrum of the Seas, the 4th Quantum class ship by Royal Caribbean International launches on 11 April 2019 and includes the RoboScreen powered entertainment experience in the Two70 room.
2047Apologue (Season 3 of 3), the concept performance combining technology and Chinese folk art to explore our futures with technology. For a performance called Robot Girl Love, a custom harness was developed so a dancer could be connected directly to a large 6 axis robot.
In 2019 APPLE featured andyRobot robotic systems in its "Introducing iPhone 11 Pro" launch commercial.
For the annual Automate2019 convention KUKA reached out to andyRobot for some good clean robot entertainment. He took three smaller KR10's and programmed them to play acoustic instruments backed by two large KR210 roboScreens playing KUKA marketing videos on spinning flying monitors.
MTV used andyRobot patented RoboScreen robotic video displays on its MTV Video Music Awards as documented in this article by Live Design Online, Robots Bring the 2019 MTV VMAs Stage to (Artificial) Life
A roboScreen show was created at SCS Science Centre Singapore for a permanent exhibition called Future Makers. The andyRobot team traveled to Singapore to set up the robot logic programming and motion.
In 2019 andyRobot collaborated with Bloomingdale's in New York City to create holiday themed window displays featuring robots placing ornaments on holiday trees, a robot band, and an interactive karaoke attraction.
andyRobot worked with Royal Caribbean, Moment Factory and ABB Robotics to refurbish the RoboScreen solo show Spectra's Cabaret, soon playing all cruises in the Two70 Room on Ovation Of The Seas.
Odyssey of the Seas , the 5th Quantum class ship by Royal Caribbean International launches in fall of 2020 and includes the RoboScreen powered entertainment experience in the Two70 room.